Phil Robertson tells it like it is. Since he’s not running for political office, and he doesn’t need the money, he can be truthful. Also, as an uncompromising Christian, he wants people to understand the implications of their worldview in this life and in the life to come.
It’s called forcing or pushing the antithesis. It’s done by taking the operating assumptions of a particular worldview and showing what it would be like to be thoroughly consistent with it. It’s based on Proverbs 26:4-5 (also see Matt. 21:24-27; Prov. 3:7; 28:11; Rom. 12:16):
Or you will also be like him.
Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise in his own eyes.
Answering a fool as his folly deserves forces a fool to live according to the full implications of his operating assumptions.
Liberals hate it when Christians do this. (Unfortunately, not enough of them do it.) Atheists will claim that being an atheist doesn’t make them immoral. That’s not the point. What atheists cannot do is account for a moral worldview given the reductionist philosophy that the world we live in is the result of natural forces on matter. There was no design or designer. What you see is what you get. There is nothing beyond or above our world that we must give a moral accounting. “All we are is dust in the wind,” and as a result when Hitler and the greatest philanthropist turned to dust, their life-to-come was the same no matter what they did in this life.
So what did Phil Robertson say that got some liberals and some conservatives upset?
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